Re: RARA-AVIS: Cyberpunk Recomendation?

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 07 Oct 2005

Tribe wrote:

I'm sure you'd agree that urban settings and cynical, loner protagonists, in and of themselves, don't necessarily equate to hard boiled. Aside from that, there has to be that thing we call "style" to make it hardboiled.

************** Are you talking about the lean and clean style that's typically associated with Hemingway and epitomized by Hammett in the hardboiled genre? The reason I'm asking is because although I understand that style is popular, I see a lot of variation. Chandler's writing was more poetic, with more simile and metaphor. And there's the florid style of Cormac McCarthy in BLOOD MERIDIAN.

It would be hard for me to pin hardboiled down to a particular style. For me, hardboiled is more attitude than style.


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